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Evaluation of bulky waste and re-use schemes in England

Evaluation of bulky waste and re-use schemes in England
Evaluation of bulky waste and re-use schemes in England
The bulky waste fraction of municipal waste arisings is under-exploited in terms of recycling and reuse. Currently, third-sector bulky waste recycling and reuse schemes (e.g. furniture reuse organisations (FROs)) redistribute approximately 2·5 million items annually, largely to needy families and individuals, thus diverting – or at least delaying – landfill disposal. At the same time, several other benefits can be derived from the actions of bulky waste recycling schemes. This paper brings together a range of studies assessing the volume of bulky waste in terms of estimated tonnages and percentage of municipal waste arisings, and possibilities for augmenting current reuse. Turning to the efficacy of existing collection and reuse services, this paper considers: the various routes available for disposal; the operational effectiveness of FROs; and key aspects of the relationship between local authorities and FROs, such as coordination in communication and collection, funding and management of partnerships. Despite the apparent availability of bulky items for redistribution, current funding and institutional constraints may prevent FROs reusing all such items
local authorities, recycling, reuse, wastemanagement & disposal
1747-6526
141-150
Alexander, C.
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Curran, A.
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Smaje, C.
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Williams, I.
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Curran, A.
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Smaje, C.
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Williams, I.
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Alexander, C., Curran, A., Smaje, C. and Williams, I. (2009) Evaluation of bulky waste and re-use schemes in England. Waste and Resource Management, 162 (3), 141-150. (doi:10.1680/warm.2009.162.3.141).

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The bulky waste fraction of municipal waste arisings is under-exploited in terms of recycling and reuse. Currently, third-sector bulky waste recycling and reuse schemes (e.g. furniture reuse organisations (FROs)) redistribute approximately 2·5 million items annually, largely to needy families and individuals, thus diverting – or at least delaying – landfill disposal. At the same time, several other benefits can be derived from the actions of bulky waste recycling schemes. This paper brings together a range of studies assessing the volume of bulky waste in terms of estimated tonnages and percentage of municipal waste arisings, and possibilities for augmenting current reuse. Turning to the efficacy of existing collection and reuse services, this paper considers: the various routes available for disposal; the operational effectiveness of FROs; and key aspects of the relationship between local authorities and FROs, such as coordination in communication and collection, funding and management of partnerships. Despite the apparent availability of bulky items for redistribution, current funding and institutional constraints may prevent FROs reusing all such items

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Published date: August 2009
Keywords: local authorities, recycling, reuse, wastemanagement & disposal

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Local EPrints ID: 73709
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/73709
ISSN: 1747-6526
PURE UUID: 143c3f8a-316c-4c73-8957-adae97b8618c
ORCID for I. Williams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0121-1219

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:42

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Author: C. Alexander
Author: A. Curran
Author: C. Smaje
Author: I. Williams ORCID iD

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